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Thrust brings realistic physics and inertia-based movement into arcade games, directly influencing titles like Oids, as well as Exile from Audiogenic by the same author. The action is viewed from the side, with the graphics drawn in vectors, in keeping with the mathematical nature of everything that unfolds.

As a Resistance fighter, the player must fly into enemy lines in order to steal Klystron Pods to power more advanced starships, using your tractor beam to take them. A network of mounted guns are aiming to shoot the player down – these can be disabled by shooting their power source, but eventually this will explode, forcing the player to flee. Some of the later levels feature reverse gravity, which increases the difficulty of the gameplay.


Thrust Atari 8-bit Starting out
Thrust Electron Level 4: In a dangerous place with lots of limpet guns and bullets flying everywhere
Thrust Electron Title page with keyboard controls
Thrust ZX Spectrum Hovering in to get pod

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Alternate Titles

  • "Thrust+" -- Atari 2600 v1.2 release name

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The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 23, 2001 A 100
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 2600 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 89 out of 100 89
64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 12 out of 15 80
Power Play Atari ST May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 7.25 out of 10 72
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 48 out of 100 48
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Jul 22, 2018 C- 42
Happy Computer Commodore 64 May, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

Thrust appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Original Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Budget Game of the Year

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